Saturday, July 9, 2011

Days 3 and 4 of Chemo

Friday, July 8, 2011

Today was a little bit better of a day. Drew was actually feeling up to getting out of bed and went to the play room a couple of times. His Uncle Brian and Aunt Heather came to visit with his cousins Tyler and Natalie which helped to lift his spirits.
Since I went home again for the night, Brooke was able to come back with me to spend the day and visit with Drew. She spent a lot of time in the playroom painting pictures and learning about how Drew's port works and about why we are here. The cast of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, which is in town, came and did a short performance of the play which she really enjoyed also.
After not eating a thing yesterday and even rejecting his fruit snacks, which those of you who know Drew, know that before the bag is even fully opened he has the whole thing dumped into his mouth, he actually ate a couple of pieces of fruit and wanted Cheetos!
My mom and Randy's mom were home watching the other 2 kids, so they brought Dallin and the baby down for a quick visit and to pick Brooke up to bring her home. I hadn't told Drew that they were coming just in case he was asleep and missed them, I didn't want him to be upset. I was trying to get him to take a nap when they got here, so they didn't come in the room and were waiting outside the door and Drew sat up and said, "I hear Dallin!" He recognized his little brothers voice even in a strange place amid all the commotion and chaos and was so excited. His eyes then filled with tears, but he didn't make a sound and I know it made him think about wanting to be at home all together again.

A visit from Tyler, Natalie and Brooke

Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Last night Drew did not want me to leave and this is how he fell asleep. That's my arm he's hugging so tight.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Again, today has been a rough day. Drew doesn't have any appetite at all, but at least hasn't been vomiting quite as much. The second anti nausea medication that they added makes him so tired, but he fights sleeping, so he's just very cranky. Anytime a doctor or nurse even just walks in the room today, he's crying and screaming and then when they try to get near him it's a fight to get anything done. When he does finally fall asleep, they try to get everything done then. They have learned and are very quiet and almost tiptoe around like not wanting to wake the sleeping bear!

Drew was allowing me to take a bunch of pictures of him and he kept saying "cheese!" He wanted to look at the picture after it was taken and when he saw this one with Randy being silly behind him he thought that was pretty funny! He got a good laugh!


  1. Dear Drew,

    Hope to play with you soon at the swings at the rocket park in Glen Ellyn! (aka village green park) I want to go to Monkey Bizness with you and your cousin. Hope you feel better soon.

    Emily Czajka (from Two's Go to School) :)

    {Emily asks every day to see Drew's pictures and says she hopes he feels better! Praying for you all. The Czajka's}

  2. Drew,
    It is great to hear that you, Brooke and your cousins got to see one another! I know that Brooke is there for her little brother. Do you remember when Brooke started preschool in the fall and she knew you wanted to sign in too, so Brooke made name tags for you and Dallin. She really loves her brothers so much!

    I love seeing all the pictures of you and I am praying for you!

    Teacher Allie from The COD Preschool

  3. Hi guys, it's the hatzel's....we are so happy that drew is enjoying all of his visitors! Hang in there buddy, everyone is pulling for you.

  4. Hey Dayna and family,
    The Gymboree team is certainly keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers... Thank you for stopping by to share Drew's story with us. We will help to get the word out.
    Carrie Hill